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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Health Foundation, which awards grants to programs that meet health needs in Mahoning County, is inviting proposals to consider for funding later this year. WRHF Chairman Phillip Dennison, principal at Packer Thomas & Co., said the foundation has the potential to award up to $500,000 in grants in December. But its decisions will be based on the quality of proposals submitted. “We are very excited about selecting the best plans for funding through our competitive proposal process,” Dennison said. “The needs are enormous, but we are fortunate to have...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HOUSTON -- Columbia Pipeline Group Tuesday announced it would $1.75 billion in infrastructure that include two significant projects, one of which is construction by Columbia Transmission of a new natural gas pipeline in Ohio and West Virginia. Columbia Pipeline Group is a unit of NiSource Inc. The pipeline would enhance Columbia’s infrastructure in place and support natural gas supply development in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. The project will enable Columbia to transport up to 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that more than 1,000 wells have been drilled in the Utica shale within eastern Ohio. Since 2010, 1004 horizontal wells have been drilled in the Utica as of Aug. 9, surpassing the 1,000-mark for the first time. Of that number, 495 wells are listed as producing, ODNR reported Tuesday. Last week ODNR issued nine new horizontal well permits for oil and gas exploration in the Utica, eight of which are for wells in Londonderry Township in Guernsey County. Three permits were awarded to American Energy...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Natural gas production from the Utica shale within Ohio is expected to increase tenfold from 155 million cubic feet a day in January 2012 to a projected 1.3 billion cubic feet per day by next month, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA included Utica results for the first time in its monthly drilling productivity report. According to the report, the Utica is "one of the fastest growing natural gas production areas of the United States" as evidenced by increased drilling productivity and drilling...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- What once was a dingy beige building at 2905 Glenwood Ave. that nearly blended in with those surrounding it now stands out. You can’t miss it. That’s because The Sherwin-Williams Co., a Fortune 500 company based in Cleveland, provided 39 gallons of bright green, orange and yellow paint -- and the tools to apply it -- to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and Green Youngstown.  As part of Sherwin-Williams' National Painting Week, Lillian DeFrance's building -- it houses her restaurant...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metropolitan statistical area again tops the list of lowest-cost metro areas in the country, with a median single-family home price of $78,600. Next lowest is Rockford, Ill., at $85,300. Rounding out the top five lowest-cost areas are Elmira, N.Y., $87,800; Decatur, Ill., $90,900; and Toledo, Ohio, $95,900, according to the National Association of Realtors. The five most expensive housing markets in the second quarter were the San Jose, Calif., metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $899,500; San...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Jim Burgham, business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 64 in Youngstown, was appointed to the eight-person IBEW International Executive Council, effective this month. Burgham, of Poland, represents District 3, comprised of Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Michigan. He is the first local officer to hold this position. “It’s an honor to represent our area and have a voice on a national level,” Burgham said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to having input on issues that affect the entire IBEW membership.”...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- New York choreographer Staś Kmieć has signed a two-year contract as artistic director of Ballet Western Reserve, the organization announced Saturday. The contract includes an exclusive pre-professional training program in BWR’s school and a dance company. “The impact Kmieć made three years ago and again during the recent spring season prompted the board to seek his expertise to rejuvenate, redesign, and reimagine BWR,” said Sabrina Shapiro, board president. The motto he established for BWR in 2011 -- "Inspiration, Professionalism and Dance...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore SALINEVILLE, Ohio -- Classes begin Aug. 19 at the new Utica Shale Academy, regardless of whether the school meets the state's requirements for enrollment. As of last Friday, the school had 22 students enrolled, three fewer than the minimum of 25 needed to keep the school, housed at Southern Local Junior/Senior High School here, open. If enrollment doesn't reach the threshold by Sept. 15, the school will close, says Chuck Kokiko, chief academic officer for the Jefferson County Educational Service Center. But he...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MERCER, Pa. -- Penn-Northwest Development Corp. has been awarded a 15-year loan of $1.28 million at 2.25% by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority in behalf of Integrated Fabrication & Machine Inc., Sharpsville. The company will use the proceeds to acquire and renovate a plant in Hempfield Township, Mercer County. Integrated Fabrication & Machine, which produces high quality stainless steel, copper, aluminum and titanium specialty fabrications to the capital goods market, will purchase and renovate a 68,000-square-foot structure to further its...

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